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Basel Minster, Basel

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Historic Site · Church
Situated on a hill above the Rhine River, the medieval Basel Minster remains one of the city's major landmarks, its duo of slim towers a dominant feature in the Old Town's skyline. Erected gradually between 1019 and 1500, the building combines the finest elements of the Romanesque and Gothic styles, its colored roof tiles visible from distant corners of the city. Inside you can see a 19th-century lectern carved out of sandstone and a crypt containing the tombs of Basel's early bishops. For a bird's-eye view of the city, the river, and the Black Forest in the distance, climb the church's southern tower. Plan your visit to Basel Minster and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Basel online vacation maker.
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  • I really recommend visiting the cathedral, I was lucky that it was a sunny day. Entrance is free but to climb to the top of the tower it costs 4 CHF for students. It was possible to pay by card. I...  more »
  • For my the No.1 sight in Basel. The famous Basler Münster. Sitting on the hill in the old town, overlooking the whole city. Also nice to spot it from the "Mittlere Brücke" for some good pics. It's...  more »
  • Together with the Mittlere Brücke, the Basler Münster (Cathedral) is probably the most famous landmark in Basel. With its red sandstone walls, colourful roof tiles and twin towers, no other building.....  more »
  • Not a lot to see as only the main area is open, but it's open to the public and is really a good example of a church that's 500 years old. Check out the stained glass windows and find the oldest burial (1318 was the oldest we found). Different from cathedrals in England with people buried under your feet and lots of engraved stones. The front facade is very interesting with the slaying of a small dragon.
  • This is a nice cathedral. It's definitely more impressive from the outside. Highlights include the stain glass windows and the choir loft, which you can walk through. I didn't climb the towers, but you can, in groups of two or more. The cost for this is 5 francs. It doesn't cost anything to go inside. the cathedral itself.
  • Beautiful old cathedral. Incredible history. Including the fact that one statue of Mary was not taken down during the Reformation. The stone work around the entrance is really something. I recommend finding a guide who is well versed in the history and stories about the building and its role in the city.
  • Short walk up the slopes to reach this old cathedral. Simple-styled evangelist church. At the platform out the back, you get great views of Rhine River, Basel, and Germany in the distance. France was not visible due to the weather. Nice Christmas tree outside and a Santa was making huge soap bubbles that made the kids happy; they were chasing and popping them.
  • One of the main landmarks and tourist attractions in Basel. A gothic style church in the cobblestone square. Was closed when we were there, so could only admire the beauty from outside.

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